Top 10: The Best Luxury Hotels in Florence

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by Nicky Swallow and Lee Marshall, The Telegraph, July 19, 2019

An expert guide to the top luxury hotels in Florence, including the best for five-star service, Arno views, beautiful gardens and opulent interiors, in central Florence near to the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and Via Tornabuoni

Villa Cora Florence, Tuscany, Italy

9Telegraph expert rating

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Built in the late 1860s by Baron Oppenheim, the main villa at the centre of the estate is an astonishing sight, an opulent riot of trompe l’oeil frescoes, stucco-work, huge mirrors, polished parquet floors and chandeliers, in a series of reception rooms that mix styles from Art Nouveau to neo-Moorish. Connected by a tunnel (handy if it’s raining), smaller guesthouse Villino Eugenia houses a third of the hotel’s 46 rooms, as well as the deliciously operatic spa. The large park that surrounds the two buildings boasts more than 100 varieties of rose. Read expert review. From £433 per night. Check availability. Rates provided by Mr & Mrs Smith.

The St. Regis Florence Florence, Tuscany, Italy

9Telegraph expert rating

The hotel is located in the heart of prime Florentine luxe-boutique territory, and no distance from the major sights, with Arno views. Its feel is sheer opulence, and the ambience is enhanced by service which manages to be both discreet and affable. All the 100 bedrooms are as luxurious as you’d expect for this level of hotel. In an elegant glassed-in courtyard, the hotel’s upscale Winter Garden by Caino restaurant is overseen by Valeria Piccini, the larger-than-life chef of highly-rated Tuscan foodie pilgrimage restaurant Da CainoRead expert review. From £406 per night. Check availability. Rates provided by Booking.com.

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Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Florence, Tuscany, Italy

9Telegraph expert rating

As soon as you walk into the lobby – a Renaissance loggia, decorated with original bas reliefs and stuccoes – you realise that this is no ordinary luxe kip. The hotel spreads out between the main building – 15th-century Palazzo della Gherardesca – and a 16th-century former convent on the other side of the eleven-acre park, which is the largest private garden in Florence. With its oil paintings, antiques and slightly Old Parisian décor, it’s all elegantly sumptuous, and in the best possible haute-bourgeois taste. Individually decorated, the 116 rooms and suites are relaxing old-style refuges from the bustle outside. Read expert review. From £749 per night. Check availability. Rates provided by Booking.com.

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Portrait Firenze Florence, Tuscany, Italy

9Telegraph expert rating

With a commanding position on the River Arno, right next to the Ponte Vecchio, the Portrait Firenze is possibly the best located hotel in Florence. The modern Italian designer interiors in greys, creams, whites and browns are elegant and inoffensive. Rugs cover wooden floors and large lamps abound. Clean white walls are adorned with black-and-white 1930s-60s photos of international stars in Florence. The bedrooms are huge; every room has a kitchenette (inside a cabinet) complete with mini-dishwasher. Technology is used extensively but unobtrusively in the rooms, the lifts (take a selfie on the in-lift iPad, or choose the music) and in the foyer. Read expert review. From £553 per night. Check availability. Rates provided by Booking.com.

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J.K. Place Firenze Florence, Tuscany, Italy

9Telegraph expert rating

One of Italy’s classiest townhouse hotels, J.K. Place Firenze has been much imitated since its launch, but few of the copies match the warm, suave, elegant original. It’s on lively Piazza Santa Maria Novella, just around the corner from elegant, boutique-lined Via Tornabuoni. It's a distillation of Florentine elegance, its classic-contemporary décor the result of a meeting of minds between Italo-Israeli hotelier Ori Kafri and local interior designer Michele Bonan. It all feels a little like you’ve stepped into the house of a classy collector, a rich Florentine uncle who likes to set classical French and Italian antiques off against Moroccan lamps and Chinese lacquered sideboards. Read expert review. From £351 per night. Check availability. Rates provided by Booking.com.

Palazzo Vecchietti Florence, Tuscany, Italy

7Telegraph expert rating

Piazza Repubblica is right outside the door, and the Duomo and the chi-chi shopping street of Via Tornabuoni are both a minute’s walk away. In the courtyard atrium – three storeys high, and topped by a skylight – the handsome austerity of the original space is warmed by relaxed, clubby furnishings. But it’s in the rooms – really the point of Palazzo Vecchietti – where designer Michele Bonan’s classic-modern design sense is most persuasively expressed. Warm and stylish, and very much in keeping with the Florentine setting, the rooms are done out in a bachelor-esque contemporary classic idiom, with lots of framed life studies on the walls. Read expert review. From £500 per night. Check availability. Rates provided by Booking.com.

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Il Salviatino Florence, Tuscany, Italy

8Telegraph expert rating

If you want to enter into the Henry James spirit of a patrician villa surrounded by acres of well-tended formal gardens in the hills above the city – whose Duomo is perfectly framed in the view from the front terrace – then Il Salviatino will deliver. As much a stately home as a hotel, it began life as a 16th-century country villa owned by the powerful Bardi family. The sumptuous, museum-like interior boasts original frescoes and marble fireplaces, and a Venetian marble sarcophagus discovered during restoration now makes for an unusual bathtub in one of the high-end suites. Read expert review. From £317 per night. Check availability. Rates provided by Booking.com.

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Hotel Savoy Florence, Tuscany, Italy

9Telegraph expert rating

On wide, café-lined Piazza Repubblica, the Savoy is close to all the sights, and within easy reach of Via Tornabuoni. Curated by Sir Rocco Forte’s interior designer sister, the design is a sapient mix of contemporary artworks (including several large repeat-pattern ‘fashion’ canvases of shoes or hats) and more classical soft furnishings and antiques. The style might be defined as comfortable, contemporary chic. The 88 rooms and 14 suites are in the same relaxed modern-classic idiom as the communal areas. Bathrooms are done out in Carrara marble with decorative mosaic insets. Read expert review. From £485 per night. Check availability. Rates provided by Booking.com.

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Hotel Lungarno Florence, Tuscany, Italy

8Telegraph expert rating

Hotel Lungarno sits right on the river, a duck’s waddle from the Ponte Vecchio. Michele Bonan’s design scheme combines both elements, the Hemingway hint in the masculine, cigar-room décor of the ground-floor lounge and bar, the French touch in the Picasso- and Cocteau-themed photos in the communal areas and some bedrooms, the prominent fringes on sofas and cushions, and the navy stripes and ruched lampshades that dominate the room décor. It has been given the gourmet ticket, with grown-up white-linen restaurant Borgo San Jacopo currently in the capable hands of Peter Brunel, a northern Italian chef of some talent. Read expert review. From £450 per night. Check availability. Rates provided by Booking.com.

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Hotel Brunelleschi Florence, Tuscany, Italy

9Telegraph expert rating

Occupying a storybook stone tower and medieval church built over ancient Roman baths, the Hotel Brunelleschi simply oozes history. It’s a feast of exposed-stone walls, beams, vaults and arched windows, with a sixth-century circular tower and historic church at the heart of the structure. Nor is it merely food for the eyes: drawing on a tradition that dates back to the Medici, the hotel is deliciously perfumed with fragrances from Florentine parfumier Dr Vranjes. For a splurge, opt for the Pool Suite, a romantic love-nest with a heated whirlpool tub on its bijou roof terrace, where you can soak in seraphic views of Florence’s domes and spires. Read expert review. From £233 per night. Check availability. Rates provided by Booking.com. 

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